With his new Showtime series EPISODES set to premiere January 9, former FRIENDS and JOEY star Matt LeBlanc explains why it took so long for him to return to series television and he admits it wasn’t because the offers weren’t coming in.

“There was a few network shows that came and went that crossed my desk and I said ‘no’ to them,” says LeBlanc. “Working twelve years every day was a lot. I wanted to take some time off and spend time with my daughter and take some time with my daughter.”

EPISODES follows LeBlanc playing a semi-fictional version of himself when he’s asked to take the lead role in an American adaptation of a hit BBC sitcom – and all the troubles that come with “Americanizing” it.

LeBlanc notes, having former FRIENDS executive producer and writer David Krane at the helm of the show with fellow executive producer and writer Jeffrey Klarik was a plus as well.

“When you have writing you believe in, you can blindly commit,” says LeBlanc.

The only difference with EPISODES, is it’s single camera vs. multi-camera which came with its own adjustment period when a joke comes up during shooting.

“When no crowd is laughing, it’s a little unnerving when a punchline comes up,” he says with a smile.

CLICK HERE for AX’s interview with EPISODES star John Pankow

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